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CES-goer says his camera was killed by a self-driving car's LIDAR
Jit Ray Chowdhury attended CES in his capacity as an autonomous vehicle engineer, and while there, snapped a picture of a self-driving car equipped with a LIDAR system from Aeye; he says the LIDAR's laser lanced through his camera's aperture and zapped its optical sensor, burning a permanent spot into it and ruining the camera (Aeye has offered to replace it). LIDAR systems need to comply with rigorous safety rules to ensure that they don't blind human eyes, but camera eyes are much more sensitive (this is the basis for IR-reflective materials that confuse CCTVs). Self-driving cars use both conventional cameras and LIDAR to guide themselves so any camera-blinding potential in LIDAR systems on autonomous vehicles could wreak havoc with other nearby cars. AEye uses 1550nm lasers. And unfortunately for Chowdhury, cameras are not filled with fluid like human eyes are. That means that high-power 1550nm lasers can easily cause damage to camera sensors even if they don't pose a threat to human eyes. AEye is known for claiming that its lidar units have much longer range than those of competitors. While most lidar makers say their high-end lidars can see 200 or 300 meters, AEye says that its lidar has a range of 1,000 meters. When I talked to AEye CEO Luis Dussan about this claim last month, he said that one factor in AEye's long range is the use of a powerful fiber laser. "One of the most important things about fiber lasers is that they can be amplified," Dassan said. Read the rest
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Pence's shocking use of Martin Luther King's words
On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Vice President Mike Pence shockingly invoked a line from the civil rights leader's famous "I Have a Dream" speech to build support for President Donald Trump's proposed deal on the border wall. Asking legislators to agree to Trump's proposal of spending $5.7 billion on a border wall along with a temporary extension of the DACA program(that Trump dismantled), Pence said, quoting King, on CBS' "Face the Nation," "Now is the time to make real the promises for democracy." He compared King's belief in using the legislative process to solve social problems to what the President is trying to do. - RSS Channel
Longer video of Native Americans, MAGA cap high-schoolers, and Black Hebrew Israelites encounter tells a different story
The story about an encounter between a group of high schoolers at a March for Life rally and Native Americans at an Indigenous People's March in Washington DC appears to be more complex than what was seen in a three-minute video and from news reports in the Washington Post, CNN, New York Times, and other major news media. After watching a much longer video that shows the lead-up and aftermath of the incident, it doesn't look like the high school students were harassing the Native Americans as was reported yesterday. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, an editor at large at America Magazine has excellent insight into the complexities of this still-unfolding story, which he wrote in the form of a Twitter thread: Thread by @JamesMartinSJ: "Re : I will be happy to apologize for condemning the actions of the students if it turns out that they were somehow acti […]" #CovingtonHighSchool And while I don't agree with Reason all the time (I agree with their stance on civil liberties and disagree with their stance on unfettered free markets) but this essay that Jake Tapper retweeted is worth reading if you are interested in this story: .@reason: “Video footage strongly contradicts Native American veteran Nathan Phillips' claim that Covington Catholic High School boys harassed him. The media got this one completely wrong,” writes @robbysoave — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 20, 2019 I'll continue to update this post as new information emerges. Read the rest
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How do you draw an X? Twitter is divided over it.
Draw an X. I'll wait. Now, how did you go about it? The left stroke first, downward, then the right, or the right stroke first, upward? Turns out there are multiple ways. SEE ALSO: Everyone's taking their anger out on Sasuke in this hilarious new meme The question of how folks instinctively draw an X has gone viral, thanks to a thread by Twitter user @SMASEY. It's divided Twitter in a way we haven't seen since the whole Yanny/Laurel debate of 2018.  "Which way do you draw an X?" she asked, presenting eight possibilities, each showing a different colour for the first stroke and arrows indicating the direction of the strokes. Read more...More about Twitter, Twitter Moments, Viral Content, Culture, and Web Culture
Gareth Southgate Says He's Happy as England Manager Amid Manchester United Links
England manager Gareth Southgate says he's honoured to serve at the helm of the national team and politely dismissed rumours linking him with the permanent position at Manchester United...
James O’ Neill ‘dismissed the only two female leaders’ in NYPD: ex-chiefs
The NYPD’s top cop says his department is ready to be led by a woman, but two former female chiefs say you’d never know it by the way he treated them just last year. “We didn’t get a walkout — We got thrown out,” former NYPD Chief of Personnel Diana Pizzuti told The Post, referring...
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Up to 25% wiped off house prices in some of UK's wealthiest areas
Your Move says Brexit impact has led to falls in some cases of almost £500,000 in 12 monthsHouse prices in some of Britain’s wealthiest areas have had up to 25% wiped off their value in 12 months as Brexit turmoil continues, according to the estate agent Your Move. That has meant typical price falls in some cases of almost £500,000.Meanwhile, data from the property website Rightmove revealed the average asking price of a London home had fallen below £600,000 for the first time since August 2015, and was well below its peak of almost £650,000 reached a few weeks before the Brexit vote in 2016. Continue reading...
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Over 23,000 shops and 175,000 high street jobs predicted to go in 2019
Value of retail property will slump as shift to online giants continues, says reportA further 175,000 jobs will be shed from struggling UK high streets this year and the value of retail property will slump as the boom in online shopping and rise of giants such as Amazon continue to take their toll, research warns.More than 23,000 shops are forecast to close in 2019, according to the findings published on Monday in an annual report from the real estate adviser Altus Group. Continue reading...
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Record numbers switched energy provider last year amid price hikes
About 5.8m households moved to another electricity supplier, up 6% from 2017A record number of people switched energy supplier last year as consumers were hit with the highest number of price hikes in recent history.However, the energy industry warned that progress risked being undermined by fewer people shifting because of the government’s price cap. Continue reading...
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Dianne Oxberry to be remembered in BBC special
Current affairs programme Inside Out will broadcast tribute to BBC weather presenter who died aged 51A special tribute to the BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry will be broadcast after she died aged 51.The broadcaster was a presenter for the current affairs programme Inside Out on BBC One in the north-west. A special edition of the programme will focus on her award-winning journalism, the BBC said. Continue reading...
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Shareholders received record dividends of almost £100bn in 2018
But Brexit could take a bite out of future returns from UK-listed companies, says reportUK-listed firms paid record dividends last year, thanks to rising profits, but a report warns that shareholder payouts could take a big hit if Brexit goes badly.Companies listed on the UK’s main market shelled out £99.8bn in dividends over 2018, marking a 5.1% rise from a year earlier, according to the latest dividend monitor report by Link Asset Services. Continue reading...
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EU citizen registration in UK could become 'new Windrush', say migration experts
Critics warn many could be left without legal status to stay if settlement scheme failsMigration experts have warned that the post-Brexit system for registering EU citizens living in the UK could become a new “Windrush scandal” as the scheme to register an estimated 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK begins.From Monday, the third phase of testing will open to EU residents in the UK, who will be able to register for the new post-Brexit “settled status”. The Home Office is extending its live trial to all EU citizens who hold a valid passport and any non-EU citizen family members who hold a valid biometric residence card. Continue reading...
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Domestic abusers may face lie-detector tests on release from prison
Domestic abuse bill published as £66bn a year cost of abuse in England and Wales revealed‘This is not love’: victim says she saw ‘red flags’ from startHigh-risk domestic abuse offenders could face mandatory lie-detector tests when released from prison under long-awaited proposals published on Monday.The Home Office, meanwhile, has released analysis that puts the cost of domestic abuse in England and Wales at about £66bn a year. Continue reading...
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World's 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%, says Oxfam
Charity calls for 1% wealth tax, saying it would raise enough to educate every child not in schoolThe growing concentration of the world’s wealth has been highlighted by a report showing that the 26 richest billionaires own as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population.In an annual wealth check released to mark the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the development charity Oxfam said 2018 had been a year in which the rich had grown richer and the poor poorer. Continue reading...
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I pray in tongues every day, says archbishop of Canterbury
Church of England leader tells Christian radio station he speaks in tongues as part of 5am prayerThe leader of the Church of England has said that he prays in tongues every day – although the archbishop of Canterbury said it was “not usually an immensely ecstatic moment”.Justin Welby made the disclosure about his daily prayer routine in an interview with a Christian radio station, Premier. Continue reading...
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GCSE pupils in England outperform those in Wales
England having more than twice as many minority ethnic pupils could be factor, study saysHigher levels of immigration and the distorting effects of league tables may explain why children in England outperform those in Wales at GCSEs, according to research.The study by the Education Policy Institute found children in Wales did as well as or better than their peers in England until the end of primary school. But by the time of GCSEs at the age of 16, those in England were more likely to get grade C or above. Continue reading...
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McDonald's, fancy dress and a VW? Britons are doing death differently
Survey finds that 40% want their funeral to be a celebration of life, not a gloomy, sombre affair Britons are increasingly shunning traditional funerals in favour or more unusual send-offs, which last year included a McDonald’s-themed drivethrough event and a service for a magician where the undertakers wore red noses.Two-fifths of UK adults now want their funeral to be a celebratory affair, according to Co-op Funeralcare, while soaring demand for personalisation means the provider has seen requests for alternative hearses, such as adapted Land Rovers and rainbow-hued vehicles, rise by a fifth in three years. Continue reading...
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Smear tests: women asked to discuss fears as test rate plummets
Charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust launches campaign #SmearForSmear in cervical cancer prevention weekYoung women put off smear tests due to feelings of embarrassment and concerns about being hurt, a survey suggests.New data from the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust found that those aged 25 to 35 are also put off by the idea of a stranger examining them. Continue reading...
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Sean Payton on Controversial Non-Call: Bill Vinovich, Referees 'Blew the Call'
Almost immediately after the game, the NFL 's league office confirmed to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton the officiating crew missed two penalties on the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game...
Will El Chapo Testify? He May Not Have Much to Lose
If Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug kingpin known as El Chapo, testifies, it would a remarkable moment in a trial already filled with stunning developments.
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Marcus Peters confronts Sean Payton in Rams-Saints postgame scrum
Marcus Peters was a sore winner. The heat between the Rams and Saints did not end when Greg Zuerlein kicked a 57-yard field goal in overtime to lift Los Angeles to a 26-23 comeback win in Sunday’s NFC Championship in New Orleans. Peters, the Rams cornerback who had tangled verbally with Saints coach Sean Payton in...
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Super Bowl LIII: LA Rams beat New Orleans Saints in overtime to reach Atlanta showpiece
A 57-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein saw the LA Rams beat the New Orleans Saints 26-23 in overtime to reach Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
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Where was Todd Gurley during the NFC Championship?
The Rams’ star running back saw just four carries in their biggest game of the year. Todd Gurley saw limited carries in the Rams’ 26-23 overtime win against the Saints in the NFC Championship. It raised a lot of questions considering Gurley has been one of the NFL’s most dominant running backs the past two years. Gurley had two drops in the first half, and finished the game with just four carries for 10 yards and a touchdown, including one reception for three yards on three targets. His backup, C.J. Anderson, had 16 carries for 44 yards. He also had fewer overall touches: Rams HB snap count todayC.J. Anderson 36Todd Gurley 32— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) January 20, 2019 With no report of injury or any other reason as to why one of the NFL’s best running backs wasn’t getting any burn, people were understandably wondering where Gurley was. He did miss the last two weeks of the regular season with inflammation in his knee, after he injured it in the third quarter of Los Angeles’ 30-23 loss to the Eagles in Week 15. For what it’s worth, he seemed (understandably, duh) happy that the Rams were going to the Super Bowl: "We're goin' to the @SuperBowl!" - @TG3II#NFLPlayoffs #LARams— NFL (@NFL) January 20, 2019 After the game, Jared Goff told Fox’s Chris Myers, “You just have to feed off what we are doing, and C.J. was running the ball well. I expect Todd to have a hell of a game in the Super Bowl though.” Things could actually be fine with Gurley, only based on what Sean McVay said before the NFC Championship. Here’s what McVay said during the week leading up to the game: “I think it’s more of a feel than anything else based on the flow of the game. Thought (RBs Coach) Skip (Peete) did a great job,” McVay said Thursday. “We want to be able to get those guys both involved, but certainly, when Todd is rolling you want to keep him rolling. I think it’s more of a result of, OK, how is the flow of the game going? Certain situations that come up.’ But you do feel good about having two very productive backs and their ability to be able to kind of spell each other.” In the previous week, Anderson had more carries than Gurley (23 vs. 16). Going with the flow of the game worked that week, as Anderson had 123 yards and two touchdowns. But Gurley was also effective with 115 yards and a touchdown. At the very least, Gurley has time to get right for the Super Bowl. Whether he’s just in a funk or injured, Gurley’s got two weeks before the Rams compete for the Super Bowl in Atlanta.
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Marcus Rashford: How has Solskjaer got the best out Man Utd striker
Match of the Day 2 pundits Danny Murphy and Dion Dublin discuss how Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got the best out of in-from striker Marcus Rashford.
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The Saints, Rams and refs turned the NFC Championship game into a sloppy, glorious mess
It wasn’t pretty, but it was a Rams win. Sunday’s NFC Championship Game wasn’t pretty. It featured sloppy, tipped interceptions, weird playcalling, and at least one egregiously terrible call from the officials. But it was an instant classic — a nailbiter of a game that swung on a pair of two-minute drills and was eventually settled in overtime. The Rams proved they could win a sloppy, relatively low-scoring affair. And it gave the Saints a legitimate gripe with the league after a game-changing non-call. What were all the mistakes? Let’s run through them step by step. We’ll move in chronological order, which means all the best, dumbest stuff is waiting at the end. The Rams tried to cover Alvin Kamara with a defensive lineman Los Angeles could have made a statement by forcing a punt on the Saints’ first possession in the Superdome. New Orleans had already converted a third-and-8 into a new set of downs, but a stop on third-and-3 would quiet a frenzied crowd and set the tone for an upset on the bayou. Instead, LA got its wires crossed and 290-pound defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers wound up covering the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. It was a mismatch Drew Brees noticed immediately. The 40-year-old quarterback lofted a dime to cap Kamara’s wheel route, resulting in a 21-yard gain that set the home team up in field goal range. The Saints couldn’t turn that into a touchdown, but the ensuing field goal turned what could have been a message-sending defensive stand into an early deficit for Los Angeles Michael Brockers fell for the oldest trick in the book The Saints faced fourth-and-2 from the Rams’ 10 yard line when Drew Brees trotted out from the sideline and took his place behind center. While there’s a chance New Orleans was lining up to run a play, Brees had every intent on seeing if he could find a rube along the LA defensive front to barge across the line of scrimmage and give his team a new set of downs without any risk attached. And then Michael Brockers came strolling up to the line, looking like an in-over-his-head tourist stepping up to a sidewalk game of three-card monte. Brees had no problem taking his vacation money: Michael Brockers, you big dummy. One play later, the Saints turned this free first down into a five-yard TD pass— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) January 20, 2019 One play later, Brees hit third-string tight end Garrett Griffin for a five-yard touchdown pass that gave New Orleans a 13-0 first quarter lead. Marcus Peters set a pitch-perfect pick ... on his own teammate Garrett Griffin’s second career reception was a touchdown that gave his Saints a double-digit lead in the NFC title game. So how did an anonymous third-string tight end find the stage to shin in the playoffs? Well, he got a valuable assist from Marcus Peters — who plays for the Rams. The Rams just ran a pick... on themselves— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 20, 2019 Todd Gurley toughest challenge came from Todd Gurley Gurley only had four touches in the first 29 minutes of Sunday’s NFC title game. That’s shocking — but the way he was playing, it was easy to understand why. Gurley’s first two carries resulted in a combined -2 yards. His first two targets went as poorly as they could have, too. His first resulted in a Demario Davis interception and three Saints points to cap the Rams’ opening possession. His second target came on another third down play. This one forced the Rams to kick a 36-yard field goal instead of earning another shot at a tide-turning touchdown in the second quarter. Route: goodHands: badTodd Gurley with his second drop of the game— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 20, 2019 And he couldn’t be relied on when he had the ball out of his hands, either. Gurley whiffed on that blitz pickup against Eli Apple and then got away with a clear hold.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) January 20, 2019 Fortunately, Gurley was able to earn some redemption as the second quarter ticked to a close. His six-yard touchdown run pushed his total output into the black and crept the Rams to within 13-10 at halftime. Using Taysom Hill at quarterback wasn’t a good idea The Saints’ third-string quarterback has been a unique offensive weapon at Sean Payton’s disposal all year. He’s a hell of a running back, a force on a special teams, and he even caught a touchdown pass from Drew Brees on Sunday. That was a good way to use the 221-pound Swiss Army knife. Putting him at quarterback and splitting Brees out wide wasn’t. The Saints tried several times to put Hill at quarterback, but it ended up being too cutesy and blew up in New Orleans’ face over and over. It almost created a turnover for the Saints when a read option play with Hill and Alvin Kamara caused a fumble. Aaron Donald is a cheat code, part 4,325— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 20, 2019 Hill can do so many things for the Saints, but it probably would’ve been smart to just stick with Brees — the NFL’s all-time leading passer — at quarterback. Fortunately for the Saints, however, it turns out there’s at least one good non-fake punt way to use Hill: noted NFL wide receiver Taysom Hill— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) January 20, 2019 The Saints shot themselves in the foot, then the referees amputated The Saints were working to salt the clock away before kicking a game-winning field goal after a 41-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. set up a brand new set of downs at the Rams 13-yard line. Three runs would have wound the clock down to approximately one minute left and a 31-yard field goal attempt even if they’d all been stuffed at the line of scrimmage. Instead, Sean Payton dialed up a too-aggressive pass play on first down that bounced to Michael Thomas, stopping the clock. A stuffed run burned the Rams’ second timeout and brought up third-and-10 with 1:48 to play. Convert it, and New Orleans would all but seal up the game. Blow it, and LA would get the ball back with more than 90 seconds to either tie the game or take the lead. And then this happened: That’s Tommylee Lewis getting absolutely lambasted by Nickell Robey-Coleman with both a helmet-to-helmet hit and one that looked a whoolllllle lot like pass interference. Or, as our own Alex Kirsher described it: Tommylee Lewis was running a little wheel route on third-and-10 from the Rams’ 13-yard line, with the score tied at 20 in the final two minutes of the NFC Championship. He was about to catch it just shy of the first-down marker when Robey-Coleman annihilated him. There’s a decent bit to the PI rule, but the biggest thrust of it is that “contact by a player who is not playing the ball that restricts the opponent’s opportunity to make the catch” is not allowed. Well, that means you can’t destroy a receiver well before the ball arrives if you, yourself, are not looking at the ball or making any effort to catch it. The Rams returned the favor Los Angeles stuck with viper-like efficiency, driving 42 yards in five plays to set up first-and-10 at the Saints’ 33 yard line. That left 45 seconds to gain extra yardage for a game-tying field goal attempt, or plenty of time for a few shots at the end zone. Instead, the Rams ran the ball once and attempted a pair of short passes before settling for a 48-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. Michael Thomas picked an awful time to lose sight of the ball Thomas has been the Saints’ most explosive receiver in 2018, an All-Pro presence who has carried the New Orleans offense when it has needed him the most. But when Dante Fowler brought the pressure that caused Brees to loft up a floater, he was unable to showcase the vision that made him one of the game’s most dangerous threats, instead getting caught up hand-fighting with John Johnson. .@iamjohnthethird interception?CONFIRMED! ☝️— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 20, 2019 The Rams rode a combination of skill and luck as Brees’ aborted pass landed right in the chest of a falling Johnson, who had the wherewithal to haul in the pass from his back. That ended the Saints’ opening overtime possession — and set up Greg Zeurlein’s game-winning 57-yard field goal that ended New Orleans’ season in front of a stunned home crowd.
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Trump, Erdogan discuss Syria, boosting U.S.-Turkish trade: White House
The U.S. and Turkish presidents agreed to keep pursuing a negotiated settlement for northeastern Syria that meets both countries' security needs, as well as their mutual interest in expanding U.S.-Turkish trade, the White House said on Sunday.
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Australian Open: The Routing of a Teen-Age Phenom Highlights the Depth of the Women’s Tour
Louisa Thomas writes on the strength of the women’s professional tennis tour, as highlighted by the defeat of Amanda Anisimova, a rising star, at the hands of Petra Kvitová, at the Australian Open.
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Hedi Slimane serves something for everyone in Celine's debut menswear show
Coats of a rich and varied palette and nods to New York art rock underwrite the broad vision of Slimane’s collectionThe mood ahead of Sunday night’s Celine show, the last one on the final day of a damp and cold Paris fashion week, was always going to be fraught.Almost a year has passed since Hedi Slimanewas sworn in as the artistic director of the French fashion house, and just a few months have elapsed since he showed a womenswear collection that raised hemlines and in doing so, razed its no-nonsense, thinking woman’s aesthetic to the ground, prompting reviews that read like obituaries and the Hollywood Reporter comparing him to Donald Trump. Continue reading...
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UK's May considering amending Good Friday deal to break Brexit impasse: Daily Telegraph
British Prime Minister Theresa May is considering solving a Brexit deadlock by amending a 1998 agreement that ended 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland after ditching attempts to negotiate a cross-party deal, the Daily Telegraph reported late on Sunday.
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Mali: Ten UN peacekeepers killed in 'jihadist' attack
The gunmen, said to be from an al-Qaeda-linked group, tried to storm a UN camp in the north.
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